I believe it was during the lecture phase of my School of Ministry Development (SOMD) that the Lord first placed it on my heart to be a part of YWAM Louisville’s next Bible School for the Nations (BSN). I had already determined in my mind that I was going to at least apply for staff after I graduated my SOMD with the hopes to join at the same time the BSN started. I knew it would be challenging to raise the support necessary to be a staff member as well as have the money necessary for the Bible school, but I knew it would be worth it.
I’ve always loved discipleship and have always enjoyed pouring into the lives of students that have come through YWAM Louisville. I’d heard so much from previous BSN students about the school and I could tell from their experiences that having a strong foundation in the Bible would strengthen my ability to disciple those around me.
I’d heard so much from previous BSN students about the school and I could tell from their experiences that having a strong foundation in the Bible would strengthen my ability to disciple those around me.
Going into BSN I had a large array of questions that I was hoping to find answers to. I’d already known quite a bit about the New Testament and had read all the way through it in my Discipleship Training School (DTS), but there was a lot that I didn’t know about the Old Testament. I’d grown up knowing all the different stories about the different prophets, kings, etc., but had never actually read through it. There were so many questions I had revolving around God’s goodness within many of the stories like, “Why didn’t God stop the serpent from tempting Adam and Eve?”, “Where was God’s goodness when He restarted humanity with the flood?”, and “If God really is all loving and all powerful, then why does hell even exist?”
There were so many questions I had revolving around God’s goodness within many of the stories.
In the first week of BSN there were a few things that we talked about that have stuck with me ever since. The first thing is pretty simple, but it’s that questions have answers. This may seem obvious, but it was important for me to keep in mind as I went throughout the school and as more questions came to my mind every single day. The second thing was that we can find those answers. The Bible can be an intimidating book. It’s huge. A lot of it doesn’t seem to make sense if you’re just casually reading through it, but if you invest the time and study what’s been written, who wrote it, who it’s being written to, etc, answers can be found.
One of my favorite parts of BSN was reading through the entire Bible, cover to cover, in less than five months. The process of reading through the entire Bible in such a condensed period of time opened my eyes to a lot that I never would have noticed just reading through one part at a time. Throughout “The Book,” I saw the Lord’s constant grace towards the nation of Israel. In my own life I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness, but seeing the things the Israelites did against Him and then seeing the Lord’s determination to constantly pursue them was something I had never really seen before. From the time of the priests through the time of the kings, Israel was constantly going back and forth between faithfully serving God and committing abominations against Him. Throughout all of it, and even into Israel’s exile, we see grace unlike any other from the Lord. Reading the Old Testament front to back gave me even more clarity of the New Testament and understanding of God’s constant and unchanging character.
Reading the Old Testament front to back gave me even more clarity of the New Testament and understanding of God’s constant and unchanging character.
I already mentioned this, but going into BSN I had a lot of questions. Did I find the answers to every one of those questions? Not even close. I still have many of those same questions that I’m even now seeking answers for using some of the skills I learned in my BSN. I actually found that I left BSN with more questions than I went into it with. Within BSN I found a freedom to ask the questions that I’d never allowed myself to ask because they were “impossible questions” that simply “didn’t have answers.” It’s true that there are questions I could seek answers for my whole life, but I’ve come to realize that the Lord isn’t like a master, waving a bone just outside his dog’s reach. He desires for us to know Him more. He invites us to study His word. It would be unjust for Him to call us to seek Him without giving us the ability to do so.
He desires for us to know Him more. He invites us to study His word. It would be unjust for Him to call us to seek Him without giving us the ability to do so.
BSN was not an easy school. I’d recommend a DTS and SOMD to just about anyone I run into, but I’m more careful about recommending BSN to everybody. If your desire is to know God’s word on a deeper level and to learn how to study it even more in depth, I highly recommend it. If the Lord has called you to do it, please don’t hesitate. I believe that I am more equipped now to disciple those around me than I was before I did my BSN. It’s a school that equips you with tools necessary to dig deeper into God’s word, and they’re tools that I’ll continue to use throughout the rest of my life as I grow closer to the Lord and pursue the things He’s called me to.
– Hunter M, 2019 Bible School for the Nations